23 April 2012

KENYA : Champs Reign As School Games End

Rift Valley's Laiser Hill successfully defended their Brookside trophy in boys' basketball after dismissing Nairobi Champions Upper Hill 65-35 in a pulsating match played at Maseno School's main basketball court.
Beaming with confidence after winning all their group matches before thrashing Kamusinga 80-51 in the semis, the now five time champions started on a strong note hitting Upper Hill by 19-4 in the first quarter.
They edged out the second 12-4 before nudging up the tempo in the third to decisively win 18-4. Their 17-16 loss in the fourth did them no harm as they had done enough to win their fourth title in five years.
Laiser's Omari Mulumba who contributed 17 points for his team in the final was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Hosts Maseno finished third after putting Friends School Kamusinga to the sword with a 89-55 win. Laiser, Upper Hill and Maseno will represent Kenya in the East Africa Championships slated for Burundi in August.
In the girls' category, Shimba Hills are the new champions after beating Buru Buru girls by 98-45. Evelyn Atieno scored a match high 26 which included an impressive six 3-pointers to give the Coast-based side the title.
Buru Buru lost the first quarter 2-27 and never recovered thanks to the dribbling prowess of Shimba's Nunber 5 Primerose Achieng' and Atieno's flawless shooting.
Nairobi's Alliance Girls survived a late scare from Rift Valley's Kapkolei to snatch the third place with a 47-43 win.

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